Climate Change Could Make Food Less Safe
As reported by Reuters, officials and researchers are advising governments to pay more attention to food safety as the planet warms and to address the issue in their action plans to tackle climate change. Climate change and the globalization of food production, coupled with a rising world population and increasing urbanization, pose new challenges to food safety, says the World Health Organization. “It is known that temperature increase as a result of greenhouse gas emissions may increase food contamination and foodborne diseases,” according to Cristina Tirado-von der Pahlen, director of international climate initiatives at California’s Loyola Marymount University. But her research found that only three countries mentioned food safety in their national action plans for adapting to climate change, prepared under U.N. negotiations.